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The Hitman's Guide to Staying Alive Despite Past Mistakes

(The Hitman's Guide #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,784 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Now that Leland’s decided to give up his life as a hitman and take a walk on the mild side, we’ve been enjoying a simple life of taking down bad guys the legal way. I didn’t know he would be just as reckless as a PI, but it’s not my fault if I happen to enjoy helping him hunt down the occasional criminal. If only I could keep the house from being overrun by Leland
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 26th 2019
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☆ Todd
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Hallelujah, this second book was every bit as good as the first!

The last story ended in a good place, with the bad guy being taken out, Jackson and Leland settling into their happily ever after, and The Sandman moniker being laid to rest forever.

But forever didn't last nearly as long as the happy couple had hoped, as a copycat killer tried to pin a new murder on Leland. It was even worse than that, though, because there were actually (view spoiler) looki
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I admit that I have read four more books since I finished this one, but I know you all need my review because of how informative they are.
Yeah, I couldn't type that with a straight face.

I get that a lot. I've made peace with it.

So, reviewing my Kindle notes.... This was hilarious. The humor is OTT and often silly and dirty, but that's kind of my personality so I guess this series is like my soul-mate? Sure, that works, although I'm not sure any book series deserves that kind of treatment. My so
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 23rd February - 10th March 2021

Re-read 4th - 7th January 2020.

I can say without a doubt that this is (as far as I’m concerned) the funniest book ever written.

Original review.

This book is hilarious. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever read. I laughed constantly from beginning to end. I just can’t praise this enough.

I adored Leland, Jackson and the whole host of supporting characters. I did intend to move straight onto her Darkness series but I feel my hubby deserves a few nights of peace. W
This book was exhausting. The only thought I had the entire time I was reading this is that Jackson’s constant excuse of being so in love with Leland that he’d put up with anything just made him come across as someone whose so scared of being alone and unloved that he’ll be embarrassed and humiliated just so that he can say he’s in a relationship. 🙄
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"It's too late, I've involved myself with the king of mischief and fell in love. There's no turning back now."

"He clamps his hand over my mouth. 'Shh, you're prettier when you don't talk, especially while looking like a pastel crayon.' 'You know your way right into my heart,' I say as I kiss his cheek. 'So where are we going on our date?' 'It's a secret.' 'Oh my god, are you taking us to the fence where we first met? Are you going
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Juvenile , Exhausting and Ridiculous 

Overall:  2 stars
Performance:  4 stars   
Story:  1stars

Reviewed: 06-25-20

Folks, I sincerely tried to get into this audio but what came across as hilarious , OTT -over the top- , soapy, quirky in The Hitman's Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love, book 1 , here in book 2 , came across as OTT annoying, repetitive, insufferable , idiotic and exhausting without trying to be.

Leland and Jackson are caricatures of the characters the were in book 1 . Their bante
So funny .. like hilarious.. OMG I can’t love Leland any more and Jackson is simply perfect for him. While there was grit and pace, the humor just made this one perfect read. So well written and SO much fun ! Loved it
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The hitman and the PI

Leland and his sexual innuendos are back for a second round with his lover Jackson by his side.
Just when Leland thinks he is in the clear, he is wrong. Letting his guard down and getting too comfortable in his "normal life" brings his past front and center.
Jackson and Leland must work together to keep each other, their family and their friends safe.
The best thing is the love between these two is stronger than ever.
Overall, a fun read. I really enjoyed the addition of Casse
5 stars.

OMG I still can't stop laughing 😂 One of the best and funniest books I've read this year.

If you thought Leland was inappropriate and out of control before, you ain't seen nothing yet...lord help us all.

Hitman's Guide #2 had me laughing out loud- so loudly and so often, it's a good thing I live alone! Not only is Leland just as out of control as before, he now has Jackson as an accomplice. And OMG did these 2 crack me up! From the silly things Leland talks Jackson into, to the trouble they get into when they're on the job. They are just so fun and perfect together. And I just adore h
Joyfully Jay
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

The Hitman’s Guide to Staying Alive Despite Past Mistakes is the second book in Alice Winters’ fabulous Hitman’s Guide series. It follows soon after the first book in the series and has everything wonderful from that first story and then some. Most of Winters’ books (and in particular this series) merge humor, romance, and suspense all together in great ways. But what really makes this story stand out even more is the way all these elements are infused with so much
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Just as good as the first one!
Leland and Jackson are now a team, more in love than ever, and as they have to face a ghost from Leland’s past their connection is strong!
Not that they get sappy, though! Their back-and-forth banter and Leland’s absolutely hilarious use of humour to cover up any talk of emotions or serious items are absolutely unforgettable, as is Jackson’s inability to ever deny Leland anything, with tear-inducing laughter consequences!
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series.
I didn’t even know it was going to be a series. But I adored the first book, which is absolutely one of my most favourites that I have reread a few times now. When I saw this book was coming out I was ECSTATIC.
I can’t get enough of Jackson and Leland, and the book is HILARIOUS. They are such a great couple, with both romance and humour, and I really enjoyed the plot as well. The secondary characters are incredibly well developed, and I enjoyed the new character additions. I
3.5 stars

This book took me days to read. There is also a lot of comedic shtick - same as in the first - that sometimes slowed things down for me. I know Leland uses humor to deflect, and there were scenes that were definitely laugh-out-loud funny, but there were some scenes that just went on for too long. I'll admit to skimming parts of it in the last half of the book.

I loved the premise of the story, and Leland's past is wreaking havoc on his new-found emotions. It also brought us a delightful
Unfortunately this is going in my DNF stack. I gave the first one 3 stars, but this fell flat for me. Jackson began to sound more and more like Leland. There was back and forth between them without any indicator of who was actually speaking, and I couldn’t always tell. I found myself re-reading paragraphs trying to figure out who was saying what.

Also, the “shtick” drowned out the story. Pages of jokes & OTT banter left me trying to remember the plot.

I’d be willing to give the author another try
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny
review to be posted after release
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This was SO MUCH better than the first book and we love to see growth. I’m becoming more and more of a fan of this author with every book. Only complaint really is that there’s too much comedic meandering. Some of the scenes in this book are absolutely hilarious but end up being ruined because they just kept going and going and going. It kind of drowned out the rest of the story because it was just TOO much at times
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Maybe my expectations for this book were just too high because the first book was one of my all time favorites and made me laugh out loud a lot! However in this book it seemed liked Jackson took on way too many of Leland's characteristics. Now we had too goofy, take hardly anything serious, make a joke out of everything guys and it just didn't work for me as well as having Jackson playing a bit more of a straight man to Leland's comedic one. Some of the banter was still amusing but it seemed to ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy, mm-recs, favorites
Once again I am the laughing lunatic on public transport, this one had me in hysterics. Leland is just as funny and ridiculous as the first time around, this time Jackson has just given in and become his partner in torture. Poor Henry and Ava. New characters, Old enemies and a whole lot of fun.

“You’re going to shoot a man with an SMG, and you think just because you’re using rubber bullets, it’s okay?”

“Please don’t chase me with a massive erection in one hand and a gun in the other.”

And this one
Great story.
Better than the #1.
Johann Shah
Oh no! What a mess. This book is freaking lengthy. Funny though I had fun with the first book despite its length yet the second one I felt like I was suckered into an endless pit.

Complaint #1:
Too many sex jokes. Alice Winters literally ran out of ideas to write some snarks. Leland continuously teased on his kinks, Leland continuously bragged on his sex dungeon, Leland continuously babied his guns like a horn dog, Leland continuously praised Jackson's butt. Not to mention they also joked on femal
4.5 Stars

I love Leland and Jackson...and Henry and Mason and Jeremy and Ava and Lewis. HA! I love this dysfunctional family so much!

Why not 5 stars? It went kind of over the top a few times for my liking.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Outlandish and funny but a bit tiring after two books of non-stop Leland. Well, more than a bit. Leland just seems to take every single thing off the cliff of too far. After a while I was inured to his outrageousness and stuck it out to see how everything would be wrapped up. I don’t think I could handle a third installment.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am sooo HOOKED on these 2...
Funniest books EVERRR!
I am so sad the 3rd book in the series isn't on Audible yet...
I am super ready to keep it going...
Great stories! Great series!
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, must-read, sh-20
I listened to the first book and read this one which I think might have lead me to rating this lower. Somehow it was easier following the over the top crazy plot while having someone else reading it for me.

It's just as crazy, if not even crazier than the first book. I don't know why I still get surprised by the things Leland do and say.
Barbara Elsborg
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The moment I'd read book one, I went into book two! Just as good. Just as funny. Great banter and very well written. ...more
Jennifer (Books&Barks)
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had an opportunity to read an ARC of this book, and it was just fabulous! Leland and Jackson are so good together, and I absolutely love and adore them as a couple. Leland is so snarky and funny, but when he allows his emotions to show through the jokes, you can see just how important his relationship with Jackson is to his well-being. I loved getting to see more of Henry, Mason, and Jeremy, and I'm so excited what will happen with this group.

"This man offers me so much love, proetection, and
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, awesome-series
So I didn't think it could be better than the first book but I was so wrong! This funnier and Leland is even more ridiculous. I laughed so much reading this book, which shouldn't be a surprise where Leland is concerned.

I still don’t know why he ran, though. All he had to do was answer my questions.” I pick up the fake ax in the passenger seat. “Maybe because you were holding this when he answered the door.”

There were some serious moments ofcourse, especially since we learn more about Leland's
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

Definitely read The Hitman's Guide series in order - Leland's background from the first book is relevant in understanding what is happening plot wise in The Hitman's Guide to Staying Alive Despite Past Mistakes (and book 1 is hilarious as well). The reader could manage reading this as a standalone, but it is really a much more enjoyable story reading in order.

Leland is still a crazy funny OTT character that loves messing with people. He's all about crazy antics and poor Jackson just g
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